Hi everyone! Here’s your little meditative break – with Mountain Pose! This is an easy yoga pose that is grounding and helps with breath awareness. You can practice yoga and mindfulness anywhere.
Hi everybody! Here’s your little break for the day… some breath awareness and tension relief in the neck and shoulders. Enjoy and share freely!
I’m going back to my yoga teaching roots and offering free ways to help relax and lessen anxiety. Here, learn the three part breath. Share with everyone and be well. ❤️
As if we needed more reasons to own art….
It has actually been scientifically proven that having original art in workspaces boosts productivity, increases creativity and reduces stress in addition to a host of other benefits. So in addition to making your workspace look amazing, artwork will actually help you run a better – arguably more profitable business.
Here are a few ways this works:
Creativity begets creativity
Do you think it seems counterintuitive to spend money on something that could potentially distract a worker’s attention? Well the truth is that because art makes for a generally more upbeat space, it helps make happier workers, who are therefore more productive. Deutsche Bank owns the biggest collection of corporate art in the world and even hosts artist talks to their staff can engage with artists, opening up broader views into socio-political aesthetics and eventually helping generate new ideas that can be used with clients. In other words creativity begets creativity.
Given the automatization of well, everything, creativity will soon be our most important asset as humans. It’s one of the things that differentiates us from AI right?
Where to install corporate art?
In a lobby, art makes a statement and sets the tone for everyone who enters the building. In boardrooms or other meeting areas, artwork can help break the ice or stimulate ideas and conversation.
Exhibiting art in the work place helps shape the branding and character of a company for those who work within the company, partners and prospective clients. Art improves the culture in a shared space by creating an optimistic and inspiring environment.
In some cases, original artwork can be considered “furnishings” and can therefore be tax deductible. I would recommend talking to your CPA to check this in your region though because I’m no expert.
If your company is looking to support local living artists, but not in a position to buy original artwork, then leasing art may be a good option. In this scenario, art is rented for a monthly fee, allowing you to try some artwork for size or to change the look of the office. Learn more about renting art from me here.
I love these concepts – not just because I’m an artist – but because I think high quality art should be accessible to as many people as possible. Not only does it add beauty, but it inspires new ways of thinking and ways to engage with others.
What do you think about art in the work place? Let me know! Email or call me at (336) 283-0185. I’d love to hear from you!
One of my favorite artists, Richard Diebenkorn, used to talk about purposefully making “mistakes” in the early stages of a painting. This would give him something to change as he worked. I often think of this as I make paintings. In the early stages of a painting, I’ll purposefully use colors that don’t feel like they go together – or make shapes that aren’t right, so I can make changes as I build up the paintings. This process of searching for an image is something that I enjoy. By working in this way, there is no pressure to get it “right” in one go, and the finished painting is a result of this process of making changes.
Maybe it’s tied to my ego – that I feel I need a certain amount of layers of paint to make it worthy of putting into the world. Maybe when I’m making paintings at 90, they’ll be very minimal Motherwell-like pieces because I’ll have no need to prove anything anymore.
In the meantime, if you want to see some monumental paintings layered with shapes and color and muscular paint handling like my painting above, Try Again, Grow Calmer, you’ll like what I made for you. I designed a brand spankin’ new catalog featuring a collection of paintings that will knock your socks off.
If you’ve ever felt an emotional reaction from looking at abstract shapes and color and wanted to know more, this is for you. Want to get the goods? Sign up for my newsletter and you’ll receive your copy of this catalog. You’ll find some of my largest, most gut-grabbing paintings set in beautiful spaces with the stories behind them.
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To anyone who bought artwork, supported a project, liked and followed me on social media – Thank you so much.
Why do I make abstract paintings? Well it’s an instinctive thing and it’s what has primarily interested me in my artistic practice over the last two decades. For me, the experience of making a painting successful with nothing but marks and color keeps me interested and engaged. It also allows me to express a lot of the ideas and images I think of in a way that is more sensorial.
I don’t paint so that people can see what it’s like to be outside. I paint so that people can FEEL what it’s like to be outside.
When a painting features a thing or person, we are drawn to those recognizable elements and the possible stories around them. Abstraction is so vital because it captures the things we cannot see. When it’s done well, abstraction pulls at our gut in ways that we may not be able to express with words or photos. It taps a line directly to our emotions. This is why some people cry when they are in the presence of a Rothko painting. I am one of those people. It never fails that if I see a Rothko and I take the time to sit in front of it, I’ll soon be sobbing. (It was embarrassing at first, and then I just gave into it.)
I paint both totally abstract and representational paintings. I consider my more representational work – like my plein air landscapes – an important part of my practice. All of that looking at the world and recording it and making decisions about what to include affects my more abstract work. I think of the small landscapes as finished paintings, but they are also studies for my larger more abstract works. When I paint or draw, and am not simply copying something, I make a series of decisions about how to translate what I see or think of into marks and color. With time, as I keep practicing my craft, my eye and hand become more agile and my decision-making is strengthened. With experience, I’ve become more confident in my decisions while I work. When to make big changes or when to stop are not easy problems to solve, but I trust my process.
Life is a big paradox. I think abstraction often does a more compelling job of expressing this than a photo-representational artwork. I’ve accepted that life is chaos and I’m ok with not having it all figured out. Painting is what helps me explore this and share it with everyone else.
How does abstraction make you feel? Do you have any questions about this you’d like to ask me? Email me and I’ll do my best to answer.
I’ll leave you with this excellent video from PBS’ The Art Assignment. This is “The Case for Abstraction.”
A couple weeks ago I posted about depression on Facebook. I had hit a particularly low point and decided to share my experience in a public forum. I had never openly shared about depression or anxiety on social media in the past and was uncomfortable about doing so, but I decided to do it anyway. I knew other people were struggling too, and I figured that talking about it openly would be a step to help de-stigmatize it.
To my surprise, many friends commented on my post with words of support and openly shared about their struggles and their loved ones’ battles with depression. Other friends wrote me privately to share their experiences. I responded the best I could to everyone’s messages and comments and wondered if there was anything more I could do. There was clearly a need for a safe space to share about our common pain.
Lately I’d been feeling particularly lonely and missed working with a team, so I wondered what I could do to engage others and also to harness this outpouring of shared experiences.
I decided to ask my friends on Facebook and Instagram to share images of outdoor spaces that bring them joy so that I might make paintings using their images as inspiration. This project became a way to sublimate people’s pain and turn it into something beautiful. Somehow in my mind I made a leap from hearing people’s stories to asking them to look outside of themselves to what brought them joy and sharing that. I am not so naïve to think that my project will fix the way people feel, but I do see a need for people to connect on a profound level and since I know the benefit of going outdoors, I think that sharing what we find beautiful outside, is a good place to start.
The project is called “Shared Spaces.”
So below is the project. Please share your images if you want to participate.